Home Boy

By H. M. Naqvi
(Crown, Hardcover, 9780307409102, 288pp.)

Publication Date: August 25, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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“Naqvi’s fast-paced plot, foul-mouthed erudition and pitch-perfect dialogue make for a stellar debut.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

They are renaissance men. They are bons vivants. They are three young Pakistani men in New York City at the turn of the millennium: AC, a gangsta-rap-spouting academic; Jimbo, a hulking Pushtun DJ from the streets of Jersey City; and Chuck, a wideeyed kid, fresh off the boat from the homeland, just trying to get by. Things start coming together for Chuck when he unexpectedly secures a Wall Street gig and begins rolling with socialites and scenesters flanked by his pals, who routinely bring down the house at hush-hush downtown haunts. In a city where origins matter less than the talent for self-invention, the three Metrostanis have the guts to claim the place as their own.

But when they embark on a road trip to the hinterland weeks after 9/11 in search of the Shaman, a Gatsbyesque compatriot who seemingly disappears into thin air, things go horribly wrong. Suddenly, they find themselves in a changed, charged America.

Rollicking, bittersweet, and sharply observed, Home Boy is at once an immigrant’s tale, a mystery, and a story of love and loss, as well as a unique meditation on Americana and notions of collective identity. It announces the debut of an original, electrifying voice in contemporary fiction.




About the Author

H. M. NAQVI is a graduate of Georgetown and the creative writing program at Boston University. He won the Phelam Prize for poetry and represented Pakistan at the National Poetry Slam in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In recent years, he taught creative writing at B.U., and presently divides his time between Karachi and the U.S. East Coast.




Praise For Home Boy

One of the Huffington Post’s “10 Best Books of 2009”
 
"Viciously hilarious, HOME BOY bursts with intelligence and energy and pathos. I haven’t read anything like it.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author, Absurdistan
 
“A genre busting, page-turning debut, HOME BOYfuses street slang and literary discourse, pop culture and politics, history and comedy, East and West. Ultimately, though, HOME BOY is a thoughtful story about a boy who becomes a man in these fraught and frightening times.”
—John Wray, author, Lowboy
 
“A marvelous literary achievement shaped by a refreshingly humane, irresistibly cool, and distinctly curried sensibility. From the word go, Home Boy is populated by larger-than-life characters and big ideas. It will make you think, laugh out loud, possibly cry, and at times, dance with joy.  You won’t even notice that H. M. Naqvi has redefined South Asian literature.”
—Lee Siegel , author, Love in a Dead Language
 
“Naqvi’s fast-paced plot, foul-mouthed erudition and pitch-perfect dialogue make for a stellar debut.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“A breezy, thoughtful and witty novel about the immigrant experience.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Naqvi’s story of immigrant life, ambivalence, and identiy is, by turns, comic and sad…with an endearingly and enduringly sweet sensibility wthat will linger in readers’ memories.”
Booklist
 
“An authentic and honest portrayal of what it’s like to be a Muslim living in post-9/11 America.”
USA Today
                                               
“Naqvi’s smart and sorrowful debut is at once immigrant narrative, bildungsroman and New York City novel, with a dash of the picaresque….Home Boy is a remarkably engaging novel that delights as it disturbs.”
New York Times Book Review
 
“[A] fast-paced and evocative coming-of-age tale.”
 —San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Naqvi’s prose is evocative of Nabokov, in its immense energy….a treasure trove of illuminating language.”
—Anis Shivani, Huffington Post
 
“A witty, humorous yet poignant tale of a Pakistani immigrant coming of age on the streets of New York City.”
New York Press
 
“Witty, sharply observed….a very auspicious debut.”
Connecticut News
 
“One of the best books we’ve read all year—a big-hearted, yet unsentimental page-turner that is letter-perfect in its evocation of time and place….A boisterous and funny coming-of-age story.”    
—MUG [Manhattan User’s Guide]

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